|TV UPDATESUpfronts 2018: NBC to Launch 3 New Series This Fall, 9 Total
From PromaxBDA: Touting its position as the number-one broadcast network in primetime, NBC is taking a somewhat modest approach this fall that will carry into next season. Even though the network is premiering just three new series — dramas “Manifest” and “New Amsterdam,” and comedy “I Feel Bad” — this fall, the changes will impact each of the five weeknights with Saturday, which no network aggressively programs, and Sunday remaining intact.
Midseason will feature the arrivals of sitcom “Abby’s,” new reality/competition “The Titan Games” from Dwayne Johnson, spin-off “America’s Got Talent: Champions” and three additional new dramas – “The Enemy Within,” “The Village” and “The InBetween.”
Returning in midseason on NBC will be dramas “The Blacklist” and “Good Girls,” sitcoms “A.P. Bio” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which was a last minute pick up for 13 new episodes after Fox opted against a sixth season, and non-scripted “The Wall” and “Ellen’s Game of Games.”
Additionally, “World of Dance” from Jennifer Lopez is a go for a third season in the summer of 2019. And the jury is still out on sophomore adventure drama “Timeless” and recently introduced “Champions.” Not returning on the network will be sitcom “Great News” and dramas “The Brave,” “Taken” and “The Night Shift.”
In total, NBC will present nine new series in the 2018-19 TV season, with the breakdown five dramas, two sitcoms, and two reality/competitions.
What does this all mean? For an analysis of NBC’s fall 2018 primetime line-up,click here
Fox Revives Sitcom “Last Man Standing” for 2018-19
After months of speculation, Fox has confirmed the pick-up of former ABC sitcom “Last Man Standing,” starring Tim Allen, for the upcoming TV season. Despite still respectable ratings, the alphabet network canceled it after six seasons last spring.
“Last Man Standing” stars Tim Allens as Mike Baxter, a married father of three girls, who tries to maintain his manliness in a world increasingly dominated by women. Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, the series also features Nancy Travis, Jonathan Adams, Amanda Fuller, Christoph Sanders and Jordan Masterson.
The network has not announced how many episodes it has ordered.
NBC Announces “America’s Got Talent: The Champions”
NBC, Syco Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America and executive producer Simon Cowell have announced that the most talented and memorable acts in series history to compete with one another when “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” nest winter. Cowell will return as one of the judges.
“‘America’s Got Talent’ dominates the summer by bringing together The World’s Best ‘Got Talent’ acts for all ages with unique talents to the forefront,”said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “Bringing the best ‘Got Talent’ competitors together for this winter edition will have these favorites elevating their acts to awe and inspire audiences like never before.
The upcoming 13th season of the summertime edition of “America’s Got Talent” will launch Tuesday, May 29 at 8 p.m. ET.